Mother Teresa Canonization – Connecting through Blessings

Mother Teresa Canonization – Connecting through Blessings

I’m currently studying abroad in Rome and traveling just about every weekend. Yes, it’s exciting but it’s also very challenging at the same time. Too often things don’t go as planned and is often stressful.
But through the chaos, one way God has made Himself known to me was through the little My Saint My Hero Bracelets I never take off. One on my left hand. Another on my right. They are a constant reminder to be God’s and to be courageous.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Him to use it in the ways He has had. And I want to tell you three stories of that…

Julie Lai - Saint Teresa of Calcutta Canonization

Story Two – Mother Teresa Canonization

I was waiting in 97 degree heat, shoulder to shoulder to the people next to me while waiting hours for Canonization Mass to start. Next to me were two older women who were pointing at my friends and whispering. Confused, I gave them a smile. They smiled back and one asked, “Sorry I was just noticing your bracelets…” She begun to ask me questions about them and was in absolute admiration. She wrote down the My Saint My Hero website.

I told them with all the eagerness in my voice of the story of MSMH I told them about how it supports the women of Medjugorje who literally weave each bracelet with prayer.

We ended up having an entire conversation with each other learning about each other’s lives and sharing stories.

Julie Lai - Saint Teresa of Calcutta Canonization

I would have never talked to these women. But just like that. God connected women who are generations apart over a little bracelet.

– Julie Lai/Student, Writer, Social Media Whiz, and a Trendy Coffee Shop Enthusiast

 

Read Story One – My First Day in Rome

Read Story Three – He Gently Reminded Me I Wasn’t Alone

Be The One

Be The One

The Redeeming Power of Simple Kindness

Today, on the feast day of St. Teresa of Calcutta, fondly known to us as Mother Teresa, we stop to remember the humble yet powerful way she loved Jesus: through serving and loving the poorest of the poor. We, at My Saint My Hero, are so honored to carry a blessing piece especially dedicated to her memory: Be The One bracelet. May it remind you and give you the courage to be the one to love that neighbor, to be the one who is courageous, to be the one who is humble, to be Jesus for others just as St. Teresa was to every soul that she met. 

With grace-filled smiles and Christ-like hard work, Mother Teresa and her sisters globalized hope, and self-forgetfulness, and the redeeming power of simple goodness. And their revolution is still underway today.

Mother Teresa

This little Albanian nun had no idea what God would do with her generous surrender to His will. She simply knew He was asking her to start changing the world by picking up a broom, to use one of her famous phrases. Even if our efforts are just a drop of water in the ocean, she used to say, without that drop the ocean would be smaller. Even if she were the only one to answer Christ’s call, she was determined to be that one.

Mother Teresa

Be the one who offers hope; be the one who gives a hug or shares a smile; be the one who brings light into the room; be the one who loves.

Father John Bartunek, LC ThD
RCSpirituality.org

Be the One Blessing Bracelet

Be The One Bracelet

Written in her own handwriting, “Be the one” is an inspiring phrase of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, as she encouraged us all to be the one to love God by loving others. Wear this bracelet as a reminder that with God’s help, you can be the one.

 

 

Made with love in the small pilgrimage town of Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina; may you be blessed by the prayers of those making each piece and the love and prayers of My Saint My Hero. Your purchase enables us to use the power of giving to help transform lives and make the world a better place.


 

Benedictine Blessing Bracelets

 

 

The Redeeming Power of Simple Kindness

The Redeeming Power of Simple Kindness

We are honoring the second Feast Day of Saint Mother Teresa and reposting our blog from last year. Mother Teresa, Pray For Us!

originally posted 9/5/17

The Redeeming Power of Simple Kindness

Today, on the feast day of St. Teresa of Calcutta, fondly known to us as Mother Teresa, we stop to remember the humble yet powerful way she loved Jesus: through serving and loving the poorest of the poor. We, at My Saint My Hero, are so honored to carry a blessing piece especially dedicated to her memory: Be The One bracelet. May it remind you and give you the courage to be the one to love that neighbor, to be the one who is courageous, to be the one who is humble, to be Jesus for others just as St. Teresa was to every soul that she met. 

Be the One Blessing Bracelet Written in Mother Teresa's Own Hand - My Saint My Hero

With grace-filled smiles and Christ-like hard work, Mother Teresa and her sisters globalized hope, and self-forgetfulness, and the redeeming power of simple goodness. And their revolution is still underway today.

This little Albanian nun had no idea what God would do with her generous surrender to His will. She simply knew He was asking her to start changing the world by picking up a broom, to use one of her famous phrases. Even if our efforts are just a drop of water in the ocean, she used to say, without that drop the ocean would be smaller. Even if she were the only one to answer Christ’s call, she was determined to be that one.

Be the one who offers hope; be the one who gives a hug or shares a smile; be the one who brings light into the room; be the one who loves.

Father John Bartunek, LC ThD
RCSpirituality.org

Be the One Blessing Bracelet

Be The One Bracelet

Written in her own handwriting, “Be the one” is an inspiring phrase of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, as she encouraged us all to be the one to love God by loving others. Wear this bracelet as a reminder that with God’s help, you can be the one.

 

 

Be the One Blessing Bracelets in Silver and Gold

Made with love in the small pilgrimage town of Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina; may you be blessed by the prayers of those making each piece and the love and prayers of My Saint My Hero. Your purchase enables us to use the power of giving to help transform lives and make the world a better place.

 

Benedictine Blessing Bracelets

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Feast day: July 14th

“I will love you in heaven.” 

I sit and imagine someone in heaven looking down on me and loving me. That someone is St. Kateri Tekakwitha and I believe that she is being true to her quote above because she chose me this year to guide and to love in a special way. 

On the feast of the Epiphany (Jan 6) each year at My Saint My Hero we draw a saint card from a hat to be our patron for the coming year. We have come to learn that although we choose the card, it’s really the saint who is choosing us from heaven above. This year I pulled St. Kateri Tekakwitha. I knew very little about Kateri, and honestly I was a little envious of those around me pulling out the cards of Mother Teresa or JPII to be their guide. But I found a place for her card on my desk and every day I glance at her and wonder what she is teaching me or how she is interceding for me in ways I may never know about. 

St. Kateri

I was so excited this week when I received an email to learn more about her from one of my most trusted spiritual mentors, Fr. John Bartunek. He creates amazing online retreats and I’d love if you’d participate in this retreat with me tomorrow on the feast of St. Kateri.  You can sign up and then click right on the new Retreat Guide at https://rcspirituality.org/a-virgins-courage-a-retreat-guide-on-st-kateri-tekakwitha/. We need to encourage each other to watch and talk about great examples such as Kateri (maybe switching the ‘girls night out’ conversation from the latest happenings on The Bachelor). 

You may not have picked a patron saint this year but I’d love to share Kateri with you. Let’s learn from her perseverance and determination in faith and prayer. Let’s share what we have learned from her example and stay connected in prayer. Reply in the comment section below and I’ll send you a  My Saint My Hero “wearable blessing” so that we can have a tangible reminder of our connection in prayer and a tangible reminder that we have a saint in heaven that is looking down from heaven and sending us love. 

Praying with you (and St. Kateri) now…. very sincerely, Christine 

He Gently Reminded Me I Wasn’t Alone On This Journey Towards Heaven

He Gently Reminded Me I Wasn’t Alone On This Journey Towards Heaven

I’m currently studying abroad in Rome and traveling just about every weekend. Yes, it’s exciting but it’s also very challenging at the same time. Too often things don’t go as planned and is often stressful.
But through the chaos, one way God has made Himself known to me was through the little My Saint My Hero Bracelets I never take off. One on my left hand. Another on my right. They are a constant reminder to be God’s and to be courageous.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Him to use it in the ways He has had. And I want to tell you three stories of that…

He gently reminded me I wasn't alone on this journey towards heaven.

Story Three – Switzerland

I was at lunch and there was a group of American girls sitting next to us. I noticed one of the girls next to us was wearing a MSMH bracelet. I got so excited. I had to talk to her! When I leaned over her face lit up. She said, “My mom gave this to me before I left to study abroad. She said it was for protection, I think. Is that right?”

Ah. It was clear to me she didn’t really know much about it. But honestly that was besides the point. I could obviously tell how special her bracelet was to her.

I could imagine her aching mom thoughtfully and lovingly picking out the MSMH bracelet for her daughter. I could imagine her mom sitting at home, maybe with her own MSMH bracelet praying intently for her.

I explained to her what the Benedictine medals meant, and I told her the meaning of the bracelets I was wearing too.  I couldn’t help to take in that moment. Here I was thousands of miles away from home, talking about God’s protection and mercy over lunch. He gently reminded me I wasn’t alone on this journey towards heaven.

He gently reminded me I wasn't alone on this journey towards heaven.

– Julie Lai/Student, Writer, Social Media Whiz, and a Trendy Coffee Shop Enthusiast

 

Read Story One – My First Day in Rome

Read Story Two – Mother Teresa Canonization – Connecting through Blessings

God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

Julie Lai Rome -God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

I’m currently studying abroad in Rome and traveling just about every weekend. Yes, it’s exciting but it’s also very challenging at the same time. Too often things don’t go as planned and is often stressful.
But through the chaos, one way God has made Himself known to me was through the little My Saint My Hero Bracelets I never take off. One on my left hand. Another on my right. They are a constant reminder to be God’s and to be courageous.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Him to use it in the ways He has. And I want to tell you three stories of that…

Julie Lai Rome -God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

Story One – My First Day in Rome

One word: insane. I spent the day running to almost-missed flights and experiencing a major earthquake. I was full of anxiety of the unknown. A new culture. A new language. I had lots of, “what the heck am I doing?!” moments.

I was at my new school’s orientation and I felt so little in midst of hundreds of strangers. As I nervously looked around the room looking at these unfamiliar faces, God had given me just what I needed.

I saw one girl wearing a MSMH bracelet. And I looked to her friend and she was wearing one too. And the brunette girl across the room. And another who just walked in. As I scanned the room, there had to be dozens of girls wearing MSMH bracelets.

Perhaps this may sound like a no big deal. But in that moment it was what calmed my anxious heart. God reminded me I wasn’t alone. He had not left me. He made me feel secretly bonded with these new sisters of mine.

– Julie Lai/Student

 

Thank you Julie for sharing your story with the My Saint My Hero community!

Read Story Two – Mother Teresa Canonization – Connecting through Blessings

Read Story Three – He Gently Reminded Me I Wasn’t Alone

History in the Making – We are Marching Still Today

History in the Making – We are Marching Still Today

“Consider seriously how quickly people change, and how little trust is to be had in them; and hold fast to God, who does not change.” These words of St. Teresa of Avila (one of My Saint My Hero’s patron saints) inspire us to hold fast to our faith no matter what society may be struggling with at any given time throughout history. We are able to take courage in God, for He will always make Himself known in all that is true, good and beautiful. – Christine Rich

The Women’s March. The new feminism. Throughout history, we have marched. We marched for the right to vote. We marched for equal pay. We marched for equal rights with men. We marched against violence on women. We marched, we marched, we marched. And we are marching still today. Millions strong and all around the world, we march.

There are dozens of individual reasons why. Some we relate to, others we don’t, but dare I say there’s only one deep seated reason that we march: We march because we want to be whole. In order to be whole, we must voice the truth of who we are as individuals and support the voicing of others as a collective. No matter what they’re saying, whether we agree or disagree, it’s the process of finding their True Design, that Feminine Genius and voicing it that we must support. It’s gonna take some time for each of us to figure out what that is. But as much forgiveness and love and space as I need in order to strip away the lies, I came to believe as truth about who I am. I’ve got to offer that love and space up to others. Or what right do I have to it myself? There’s no other way. We’ve got to do this together.

Drawn together by a common desire to more deeply discover and ignite our True Design, that which makes us uniquely and powerfully who we are, Amy and I met Christine and a handful of beautiful women from the My Saint My Hero team in the pilgrimage town of Medjugorje, Bosnia, after spending time at the sacred site of Magdala in Israel. Each of us wanted to open up to the possibility that as we stepped more fully into our individual truths, a specific purpose might be revealed satisfying our desires to bring forth that which would positively impact the world. There we were, a dozen or so women separated by race, religion, culture and age, each of us peeling back the layers and awakening to our true design, when suddenly we had a profound realization: We are indeed individual but we are in no way separate. For through the ages, we as women have been charged with the awesome responsibility of Union. We realized that individually we are only a thread, but together we can weave the fabric of love and compassion, power and intelligence that will heal humanity and bring about the change our world so hungers and thirsts for. We must support one another through acceptance, non-judgment and love. For the fabric is only as strong as its weakest thread. Here we bring to you the fruit of our union in Magdala and Medjugorje. It is your invitation to discover and stand in awe of your uniqueness, your True Design born of the Divine spark within and to bond together with us in creating a Tapestry of Feminine Genius. – Nia

Read Nia’s First Post – How My Visit to the Home of Mary Magdalene Changed My Life Forever, and How It Can Change Yours

Read Nia’s Second Post – What is the Truth? The Truth of Mary Magdalene? Sinner or Saint? 

Read Nia’s Third Post – You’re Being Called

Awaken Magdalena Medallion

Click here to discover the Awaken Magdalena Medallion created by My Saint My Hero and Nia Peeples

NIA PEEPLES Nia Peeples’ career has spanned over two decades. With her award-winning performances in a variety of disciplines—film, television, music, and dance—Nia has proven herself to be both the consummate entertainer and one of those rare artists whose passionate expression actually transcends the medium. Nia has made her biggest mark as an actor. Best known for her turns on “Fame,” “Walker Texas Ranger,” and most recently “Pretty Little Liars,”  Nia is in her own words an “actor, dancer, writer, director, mother and friend—exploring, expressing and experiencing all things beauty, body and being.”

Each of us is on our own journey as we walk this earth. Our goal is to find the path that leads us to perfect union with God and we are thankful for the saints who have gone before us to show the way. They exemplify the beauty of the diversity with which God has a personal relationship with each one of us. He knows how to meet us exactly where we are in every moment of our lives and we are grateful to those like Nia who are open to sharing their story.
Share the story of YOUR journey here or by tagging #MSMHstories on your social media.
“Lord, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be and becoming that person.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux